Credit-bearing and Continuing Education (CE) Library Classes

Over the last three months, I have been investigating the process for making Library courses available for either UCSF course credit or Continuing Education (CE). I presented my findings at the last Community of Practice meeting and want to share my final report and presentation slides with you. The report includes steps for both processes, contact information, examples, and further reading. I have summarized some key findings below. 

Credit-bearing classes: quarter/semester-long classes taken for a letter grade. 10 hours = 1 credit unit. 
Audience: classes can only be taken by enrolled students working towards a UCSF degree. 
Updates:The most significant change comes with the Graduate Division’s ability to offer credit-bearing classes. This new development makes it easier for other departments outside of the professional schools (Med, Dent, Pharm, and Nursing), such as the Library, to offer credit-bearing classes to enrolled students across disciplines through the Graduate Division.

Continuing Education (CE) classes: one-shot classes, which can be anywhere from one hour to several days, online, in-person, or hybrid. 1 contact hour = one CE unit.
Audience: working clinical professionals.
Updates:Previously each professional school had its own CE office with different processes and coordinators. Now, the CE offices in the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, and School of Dentistry have merged and employ the same accrediting and reporting process. This makes it easier to apply for CE class accreditation for multiple professions at once. Nursing is the only professional school with a unique process. Both processes are detailed in the report. 

Through this project, I learned so much more about the uniqueness of our institution. When speaking with people in other departments on campus, I picked up on their intrigue for the Library and had opportunities to share the wide range of things we do. At times, I didn’t hear back from multiple emails, and then, found myself surprised by their eagerness to work with Library Staff. Overall, I was very encouraged to see how other departments on campus view the Library as an opportunity for collaboration. 

We can position ourselves to fully incorporate into two primary campus activities at UCSF, research and education. For research, we are already embedded on research teams and contribute as scholars on systematic reviews. And now, there are even more opportunities to take our educational outputs to the next level through credit-bearing or CE classes. I hope my project encourages you to consider whether these types of classes will work for you and your audience. 

3 thoughts on “Credit-bearing and Continuing Education (CE) Library Classes”

  1. Hi Sofia,
    As per the March 5th email, the library is prohibited from charging USCF students for classes as we are not an academic department. There is currrently no mechanism for collecting money on a per head basis. $15 is untenable. Have you discovered new information that the EVCP finance office isn’t aware of?

    • Hi Haley,

      That is correct- the School of Nursing CE Office charges $15 as an admin fee for processing the CE certificate. Students pay through the School of Nursing. The Library does not handle the transaction. The other professional schools (Med, Dent, Pharm) may charge other departments for sponsoring CEs, however, according to Tymothi Peters, I was told that the Library is “educational” and may have CE fees waived, especially since we are not allowed to charge students. There are other departments on campus that offer CEs and do not charge.

      Any Credit-bearing class taught by Library Staff goes through a professional school or Graduate Division. The Library does not sponsor, nor charge for the class. My report points to other UC Libraries that have offered credit-bearing classes in the same way.

  2. The process to become credit-bearing is not viable at this point for the library as explained to me by several sources, as we would not be able to charge a price that could even begin to cover the cost of administering credit-bearing classes.

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